El­gato Thun­der­bolt 3 Dock

True one-ca­ble con­ve­nience for your lap­top.

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The ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Thun­der­bolt 3 en­able this dock to de­liver on the prom­ise of con­ve­nience in a way ear­lier mod­els couldn’t; as you come and go, you only have to deal with one ca­ble, which now car­ries power to sup­ported USB-C/Thun­der­bolt lap­tops, video to a dis­play and data to pe­riph­er­als. On top of that, El­gato pro­vides a util­ity that sits in the menu bar, from which you can safely eject de­vices with a cou­ple of clicks.

This dock is ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing up to 85W to a lap­top, so you can use it even with 15-inch­ers. It took us a cou­ple of days to ap­pre­ci­ate that we no longer had to carry an ex­tra charger in case our por­ta­ble needed a top-up. How­ever, the price is con­sid­er­ably higher than its pre­de­ces­sor.

In terms of ports, there’s lit­tle change from El­gato’s pre­vi­ous docks. There’s a USB 3 Type-A port on the front, plus dis­crete 3.5mm ports for head­phones and a mic. At the back are two more USB 3 Type-A ports, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, a full-size Dis­playPort and a passthrough Thun­der­bolt 3 port for daisy­chain­ing more de­vices. You can chain a 4K or 5K dis­play, or even just a USB-C to Light­ning ca­ble; you’ll need to con­nect your Mac for the lat­ter sce­nario, or switch to us­ing a USB-A ca­ble with one of the older ports to charge with­out your Mac around. And if you have an older dock and don’t have a high­res dis­play, a Thun­der­bolt 2 adapter is cheaper.

Some mod­els have more ports, but El­gato’s lat­est is a sound in­vest­ment, capped off with an app that shows con­sid­er­a­tion for how you’ll use it with a sup­port­ing lap­top.

EX­PAN­SION DOCK

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